Austin, TX (September 9, 2020)—As virtuoso violinist and conductor Scott Yoo, host of the PBS Great Performances Series Now Hear This, travels the world, production sound mixer Reid Mangan brings along a raft of Lectrosonics wireless gear to capture the musical performances and dialogue.
“For the music performances, I’m running up to 10 channels of cabled mics and am focusing on mic placement to get an ideal sound from each instrument. And I capture dialogue at the same time,” says Mangan. His kit includes SRb and SRc receivers in an SL-6 dock with a Sound Devices 688 recorder, SMV, SMQV and LT transmitters, and an HMa plug-on transmitter paired with a UCR411a receiver for occasional boom work.
“Because this is a documentary show and not scripted, we don’t get to do alternate takes if there’s a technical problem. Point being, for the dialogue, I need wireless that I can set and forget. I can’t hold a boom over someone’s head at the same time I’m doing everything else; we need whatever is happening right in front of us to come through in the moment and sound natural, with no surprises. Lectrosonics is better in that regard than any other brand I’ve ever used.”
He is quick to point out that Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology has made the process smooth sailing no matter where the show finds itself. “We’ve filmed on three continents, including North America, Europe and Africa,” he notes. “Normally, every time you cross a border you have to put together an audio bag specifically for that country or region. That hasn’t been the case here. The receivers always lock onto open frequencies, and between Scott and his guests we’ll usually have up to four channels of wireless going, though sometimes I’ve used six.
“We’re often shooting in buildings that are in busy city centers with tons of RF activity,” he explains. “We’ve used the 250-milliwatt mode on the SMV and SMQV more than I expected. We also like the SMV because it’s small and can be easily hidden on the talent.
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